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Commissioner Hails Commencement Of Testing At Reference Lab

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The Cross River State Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu, has lauded the laboratory pillar of the State Emergency Organising Committee (EOC) and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for their efforts in the commencement of testing at the Reference lab in Calabar.
Commissioner Edu, who expressed her appreciation during State EOC meeting at School of Midwifery along Moore Road Calabar, advised the Lab Manager, Mr Obeten, to link up with FHi 360 in their promise to rebuild the make shift tent at Dr Lawrence Hospital test lab and ensure they start testing without unnecessary delay.
She informed the meeting that first batch of COVID-19 Vaccines, there would be a template/ document that all Health Workers must Fill/ Register before they are given the vaccine.
According to her, the first batch of the Vaccine would be prioritized for Health Care workers and Forces and further explained that the Vaccine would be given to some people in single dose while others would be administered in double doses that there should be strict compliance with electronic registration to guide people accordingly.
Dr Edu, who is also the Incident Manager, lauded Risk Communication Pillar and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control ( NCDC) for going round Schools in the State to ensure Covid-19 Protocols are strictly adhered to while also urging  them to link up with University of Calabar and UniCross Covid-19 team and also ensure logistics work with surveillance team to move the VTMs and other sample collection materials to the 18 Local Government Areas of the State.
In an update, the State Epidemiologist who is also Surveillance Pillar Lead, Pastor Inyang Ekpenyong disclosed that 4,699 suspected cases/ samples have been handled in the state, 347 cases have been confirmed, 216 discharged, 12 deaths recorded 19 Active cases and 924 have been Line listed.
She explained that, they have supported Nigerian Navy Referral Hospital (NNRH) to start Covid-19 testing, sensitised the public on the re- opening of Lab at Dr Lawrence Hospital and the new lab at Navy Hospital and has also commenced screening of visitors to Governor’s Office, amongst others.

 

By: Friday Nwagbara, Calabar

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Foods Beneficial For Acid Reflux Sufferers

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High fibre foods It seems that foods high in fibre can also be helpful to protect against acid reflux, as found in a study published in the journal Gut [2]. As such, factor in plenty of high fibre vegetables and fruits to your menu. Include more raw vegetables in your meals if you can. These high-fiber foods, along with whole grains (e.g. rice, oats and cornmeal)as well as nuts and seeds, will also help to keep your intestinal flora balanced and your bowels moving smoothly.
Beverages
By consuming more fluids (especially water) on a daily basis, you can actually help to dilute your stomach acids and reduce acid reflux symptoms brought about by excessive stomach acid. Nonetheless, since you do need your stomach acids for proper digestion, your extra intake of fluids should not be immediately before or after or during meals. Instead, a better time to consume your fluids (with the exception of the raw apple cider vinegar described below) would be in between meals.
A tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar mixed with a glass a water, consumed during a meal, can be one of the wonderful foods for acid reflux relief. If you are unconvinced that this acidic remedy can provide relief for an already acidic stomach, then you must read more about the effects of apple cider vinegar on acid reflux.
Also, try raw potato juice (do NOT remove the peel from the potato during juicing). Mix the juice with equal portions of water, and consume the juice immediately after juicing, 3 times a day. [3].
You can also try fresh cabbage or celery juices as foods for acid reflux relief [3].
Chamomile tea is also found to be soothing on the stomach and can help to relieve esophageal irritation. However, if you are allergic to ragweed, or are pregnant or nursing, you should not take chamomile. If you are also concurrently taking warfarin or cyclosporine, you will also need to avoid chamomile. [3].
Fruits
Eating fresh papaya can help with your acid reflux. This is because acid reflux could be a result of poor digestion, and fresh papaya actually aids in digestion [3].
A food that can help combat excessive stomach acid and therefore work as a natural acid reflux relief is the fig. Figs are particularly alkaline and can help rebalance the pH in the stomach and body [4]. Nonetheless, figs contain more calories than other fresh fruits (they are afterall often used as a good source of energy), so if you are trying to lose weight, you will have to keep a check on how much figs you consume on a daily basis.
Another fruit you can consider is the apple. Apples (especially the peel) are not only rich in antioxidants, they also have natural anti-inflammatory properties and promote digestive regularity [4]. By eating an apple after each meal, many have found relief – a simple acid reflux natural remedy indeed.
Yogurt
Yogurts are not only useful for keeping your bones in top shape, they also contain healthy bacteria that help to keep your gut healthy and prevent the formation of excessive stomach acid. In your search for natural acid reflux cures, you may thus wish to try yogurt.
When purchasing your yogurt, try to get those that are as natural as possible, and preferably those that are lower in fats and sugars. High fat dairy products may actually trigger acid reflux symptoms, so by choosing a lower fat variety, you’re making the best move.
Food-herbs
You can also consider taking aloe vera, as it helps soothe and heal your intestinal tract. You can take the fruit in its original form by cutting up the fruit (peeling off its thick skin) and dropping it in some raw honey water (for taste), or mixing the fruit with water in a blender. Or you could juice the aloe vera fruit. Alternatively, you could take supplementation of aloe vera, in the form of capsule (suggested 600mg), liquid (suggested 2 tablespoons) or powder (suggested 2 teaspoons) before each meal three times a day.

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Early Diagnosis, Treatment, Key To Checking Tuberclosis -Expert

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The National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme (NTBLCP) says early diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis (TB) is key to curtailing the disease.
The Director, Head of Advocacy, Tuberculosis Control Programme, Mrs Itohowo Uko, made this known at a one-day virtual orientation meeting for health journalists across seven states.
Uko spoke on: “TB Situation in Nigeria: Why the Media Needs To Talk About It.”
She described TB as an infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis that affected mainly the lungs and other parts of the body.
According to her, tuberculosis is among top 10 causes of death worldwide. She continued, that Nigeria was classified among the 14 countries with high burden of TB, adding that only 31 percent (138,573 TB) cases of existing patients were notified to the authorities in 2020. (National Harmonization data, 2020).
Uko also disclosed that 69 per cent of TB patients in the countries that were not treated and/or notified in case of untreated pulmonary TB could infect 10-15 people per year.
“Estimates from WHO global report, 2020 suggest that TB kills 18 Nigerians every hour, 47 Nigerians develop active TB every seven hours of which are children.
“Based on 2020 WHO Global TB report, Nigeria is ranked first in Africa and sixth globally among the 30 high TB burden countries.
“Nigeria is also on the list of 14 countries with the triple burden of TB, HIV associated TB and drug resistant TB,” she said.
Uko added that only 31 per cent (138.573 TB cases) of existing patients were notified to the authorities in 2020 National Harmonisation Data.
She identified cough, loss of weight, night sweats, low fever as symptoms of TB, which were already through the air, when the person with TB of the lungs coughs, sneezes, sings or talks.
Uko, however, said that diagnosis and treatment of tuberclosis was available free of charge in all DOTs and DR- TB treatment centres nationwide.
“TB is curable, and the patient is not infectious after few weeks on treatment. TB is completely curable, if detected and treated early,’’ she said.
Uko also advocated the need for an increased early TB case finding, notification and treatment.

 

By: Sogbeba Dokubo

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Kidney Support Foundation Seeks Govt’s Support

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The Rekiff Kindney Support Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation in Rivers State has called for the support of government and corporate organisations to enable it meet the increasing number of kidney failure victims in the society.
Speaking, while fielding questions from journalists recently, the founder of the organisation, Mr Charles Awoyemi, said he decided to establish the foundation to assist victims of kidney diseases in their trauma, and difficulties as well as educate them on how to take care of their health challenges.
Awoyemi, a former victim of the dreaded disease, said he had to undergo kidney transplant using the kidney donated by his wife to survive, adding that the foundation carries out sensitisation on kidney diseases to encourage victims of the disease.
He described kidney disease as a more deadly ailment than cancer and HIV, adding that each dialysis carried out on chronic patients of kidney victims is very expensive.
He attributed the genesis of the disease to people’s lifestyle and appealed to Rivers people to avoid drug abuse and unnecessary consumption of unhealthy foods.
He however used this medium to appeal to the three tiers of government to care and support victims of kidney disease to alleviate the economic and financial burden of people with kidney problems in Rivers State.
On his part, the secretary of the foundation, Mr John Chinedu Edeh, who spoke on behalf of the programme co-ordinator, Engr Cyril Ekpe, said that the foundation had through its activities reached out to over thousands of people in different communities in the state.

 

By: Sogbeba Dokubo

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